Who is Ryan?

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Ryan Tauriainen is a dedicated leader in DC education and is running to represent Ward 4 in DC’s State Board of Education.  

In over a decade of service, Ryan has been a teacher, a principal, and a district leader in Washington, DC.  Ryan's dedication to DC education has allowed him to work in every quadrant of the city and with students from every ward.

Children have been Ryan’s passion since he became a teacher in 2008 with the Teach For America program.  As a teacher, Ryan’s class of students grew from below-grade-level to outperforming all other classes in the state.  His talent in the classroom led to promotions in school leadership until becoming a principal at 26-years-old, among the youngest in the US.

Ryan served as a principal in DC for four years.  Under his leadership, proficiency in math and literacy climbed to above 90% and staff culture was rated in the 99th percentile. He was twice named “Most Outstanding Principal” by the DC Association of Chartered Public Schools and was the inaugural winner of The Washington Post’s “Principal of the Year” Award in 2016.  Since then, Ryan has won five national awards for his work in education, making him among the most celebrated educators in the United States.

Ryan is a graduate of Middlebury College and has a Master’s of Education.  He and his husband, Ethan, own a home in the Takoma neighborhood with their dog, Cody.